Stab Armor and Other Personal Protective Equipment, Weapons and Restraints
Addressing Real-World Stab and Slash Threats (PDF)
This fact sheet provides information on how NIJ is revising the Stab-Resistant Body Armor Standard and how these revisions will assist corrections officers who face potentially life-threatening situations on the job each day.
The Next Generation Stab-Resistant Body Armor Standard — American Jails, 2015
This article describes current stab and slash threats faced by the nation's corrections officers and NIJ efforts to update Stab Resistance of Personal Body Armor NIJ Standard-0115.00 to better address these threats.
NIJ Briefing on Stab Resistant Technology Projects — Delivered to the Association of State Correctional Administrators, 2012 (PDF)
This presentation provides an overview of current NIJ efforts, including an update to Stab Resistance of Personal Body Armor NIJ Standard-0115.00 and research studies examining weapons characterization, wound characterization and the decision-making factors that influence whether officers wear body armor.
Stab Resistant Vest Survey — Association of State Correctional Administrators, 2011. (PDF)
This Association of State Correctional Administrators survey compiled information from state departments of correction regarding their use of stab-resistant body armor.
Stab Resistance of Personal Body Armor NIJ Standard-0115.00, 2000 (PDF)
This standard specifies the minimum performance requirements for body armor that is resistant to attack by typical pointed and edged weapons. It describes the test methodology to be used for this assessment. This is the first true United States standard dealing with the threat posed by pointed and edged weapons.
Selection and Application Guide to Personal Body Armor-NIJ Guide 100-01, 2001 (PDF)
This document provides a history of the development of body armor and guidance on how to select and purchase body armor, including determining the level of protection needed, things to think about when selecting armor and ways to keep it in proper working order.
Models Complying with NIJ Standard 0115.00
The list of compliant stab armor products can be found here: https://www.justnet.org/other/stab_cpl.html
Personal Protective Equipment
U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP): Evaluating the Impact of Protective Equipment Could Help Enhance Officer Safety — Government Accountability Office, 2011 (PDF)
This report examines the equipment that BOP and selected state departments of corrections provide to protect officers and the extent to which BOP has evaluated the effectiveness of this equipment.
A Guidebook for Less-Lethal Devices — NLECTC Weapons and Protective Systems Center of Excellence, 2010
This guide provides a comprehensive view of less-lethal technologies, their evolutionary role in criminal justice and issues to consider when acquiring such devices to meet operational needs.
This report examines issues pertaining to the use of conducted energy devices in custodial and court situations.
NIJ has published Criminal Justice Restraints NIJ Standard 1001.00. The purpose of this NIJ voluntary standard is to specify minimum requirements for restraints used by criminal justice personnel conducting law enforcement and corrections duties, and methods for assessing that the performance requirements are met. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/247988.pdf